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Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial

 
 
Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 19, 2022
1. Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial
Inscription.  Residents of Nacogdoches County will never forget the events surrounding the morning of February 1, 2003. Awakening to loud rumbles, many immediately recognized the sound to be much more than the usual sonic boom. Unlike the condensation streaks left by commercial airplanes, a much wider and more crooked trail crossed the sky. In no time at all, concerned citizens overwhelmed the Nacogdoches County sheriff's office switchboard. All reported an explosion which rattled windows and blew open doors. NASA announced they had lost communications with the shuttle, and media networks began to report the Space Shuttle Columbia had disintegrated 39 miles above Texas. Material from the shuttle fell, stretching across East Texas and Louisiana with over 1,200 pieces landing in and around the town of Nacogdoches.

President George W. Bush's statement on February 1st will forever express the hearts of many Americans when he said the world had lost seven of its finest citizens, pioneers, and scientists. These men and women willingly "assumed great risk in their service to all humanity," but, he continued, while they "did not return safely
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to earth, we can pray that all are safely home."

On February 2, the headline on the front page of the Nacogdoches newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, stated what a stunned world already knew, "Shuttle explodes over East Texas." At the top of the page was a small photograph of the crew, for Columbia was not an empty piece of machinery. Aboard were seven young, bright, and brave astronauts: Rick D. Husband, commander; William C. McCool, pilot; Michael P. Anderson, payload commander; David M. Brown, mission specialist 1; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist 2; Laurel Blair Salton Clark, mission specialist 4; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist 1 and Israel's first astronaut.

Seven trees have been planted in memory of these courageous men and women.
 
Erected by Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc. Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceDisastersParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is February 1, 2003.
 
Location. 31° 36.254′ N, 94° 39.218′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is at the intersection of East Hospital Street and North Fredonia Street, on the right when traveling east on East Hospital Street. The marker is located at the southeastern corner
The Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial with 5 of the 7 trees planted in view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 19, 2022
2. The Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial with 5 of the 7 trees planted in view
of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 East Hospital Street, Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Storytellers (here, next to this marker); Milam Lodge #2, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fredonia Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Daily Sentinel (within shouting distance of this marker); Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roland Jones House (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Location of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
 
Also see . . .  Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial. Nacogdoches Statue Tour
The Space Shuttle Columbia flew twenty-eight missions beginning April 12, 1981 and ending over deep East Texas on February 1, 2003 when the aircraft broke apart killing all seven astronauts on board: Americans Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Laurel B. Clark, and Israeli Ilan Ramon. Nacogdoches and nearby counties, most notably Sabine,
The view of the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial behind the Storytellers Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 19, 2022
3. The view of the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial behind the Storytellers Statue
became the focal point of international attention as federal, state, and local responders attempted to locate all of the pieces of the fragmented Columbia.
(Submitted on November 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The crew of the final ill-fated flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia, mission STS-107 image. Click for full size.
Public Domain - NASA Photo, circa October 2001
4. The crew of the final ill-fated flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia, mission STS-107
From left to right are mission specialist David Brown, commander Rick Husband, mission specialist Laurel Clark, mission specialist Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist Michael Anderson, pilot William McCool, and Israeli payload specialist Ilan Ramon.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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